Foil Your Friendly Diet Foes
7 strategies to help your diet survive temptations from not-so-supportive friends and loved ones
2. Look for support in the right places
Further, experts say, you shouldn't set yourself up by looking for support
in the wrong places. Remember that people do things for their own reasons, not
for your reasons.
Maybe you have a mental image of your spouse going for walks with you in the
evening, like other couples you've seen. He has a right to say "No,"
and you have a right to do what will make you fit. Walk with a neighbor, take
an aerobics class or hire a personal trainer.
The same strategy applies to diet. Wouldn't it be sublime if co-workers
swore off Krispy Kremes and walked a half hour at lunch, the kids begged you to
buy broccoli at the store, and your mother offered nothing but kind
Give up the fantasy. Instead, hook up with a friend who's as ready to change
as you are and become diet buddies. Find a role model who's successfully lost
weight and can help you past the rough spots. Enroll in a "Healthy
Cooking" class. You've already made a huge step by joining WebMD Weight
Loss Clinic. Be sure to check out our community for support and
inspiration. You might consider professional help, as well, say a weight
management clinic or counselor. The point is to build a support system that
enables you to become your own best support.
3. Foil Your Fitness Foes
Another key to dealing with lack of support is to know your temptations,
such as going out to eat with friends, and develop a strategy to deal with
"Friends may pressure you to make bad choices," says Joseph
Quatrochi, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Human Performance, Sport and
Leisure Studies at Metropolitan State College of Denver. "Make a couple of
decisions in advance."
One of these decisions is to select foods based on their preparation: for
example, broiled or baked instead of fried. The other is not to clean your
plate. "Often, you can take home one-third to one-half of a meal,"
Quatrochi tells WebMD.